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Out of town cousin is visiting

loodle Oct 15, 2007 07:46 PM

My cousin from France is in town and we're thinking of doing lunch together. We will be on the U of T campus (St. George). What restaurants would you recommend in either the Kensington Market or along Baldwin St? (Or maybe even the Annex...I'm not quite familiar with the area there though) The place should be student friendly, and we would prefer not to have chinese (we get that everyday at home). Thanks!

  1. TorontoJo Oct 16, 2007 06:16 AM

    For sit down, you could try Malaysian food at Matahari Grill on Baldwin. Very student friendly.

    For casual Latin American food, head to Kensington Market and hit Jumbo Empanada or El Trompo. The pupusas at Emporium Latina are great (and cheap! $2.50!), but it's not really a sit down place -- you order the food at the back of a small grocery store.

    1. vorpal Oct 16, 2007 06:18 AM

      I feel like a broken record saying it, but I love this place, so I don't mind. How about Matahari Grill on Baldwin? The best food on the strip in my opinion.


      Excellent food. Slightly slow service, so budget 90 minutes or so for lunch and probably a couple hours for dinner. The desserts are great - save some room.

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      1. re: vorpal
        Jean Georges Oct 17, 2007 08:18 AM

        +1 on Matahari Grill and agree with the comments about the food and service. I don't care for the room, but that's a personal thing.

      2. Rabbit Oct 16, 2007 06:24 AM

        Rice Bar in Kensington (also has a new sandwich shop on site) - www.ricebar.ca

        1. Finnegan Oct 16, 2007 01:40 PM

          What about the Gallery Grill in Hart House...very good food, beautiful setting.


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            chutchut Oct 16, 2007 02:29 PM

            Student friendly? What about Sushi Inn on Cumberland: http://www.torontolife.com/guide/restaurants/japanese/sushi-inn/review/? I like their Sashimi combos, good quality and reasonable price.

            Jamie Kennedy at Gardiner (Museum of Ceramic Arts): http://www.jkkitchens.com/v2/restaura... is also close. However, I haven't been there yet.

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            1. re: chutchut
              pescatarian Oct 16, 2007 04:36 PM

              Sushi Inn = student friendly, but unfortunately does not = good sushi in my opinion

              I like By the Way Cafe and Hana Korea on Balwin. Better than Hana Korea though, if you can go a bit west on Bloor, west of Bathurst, I just had a fantastic meal at Buk Chang Don Soon Tofu. Casual, very cheap, great food.

            2. JamieK Oct 16, 2007 03:09 PM

              Along Baldwin, I suggest John's Italian Caffe, reasonably priced, student-friendly, great pizza as well as other tasty items.

              In the Annex, I say go for By The Way Cafe -- bistro style, friendly, delicious Mediterranean-focused menu, nice selection of wines and beers, microbrews, tapped and bottled.

              By The Way
              400 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S1X5, CA

              27 Baldwin St, Toronto, ON M5T1L1, CA

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              1. re: JamieK
                xtal Oct 17, 2007 10:33 AM

                I have to respectfully disagree with the John's Italian suggestion. I've never had a good meal there. They do have a great patio and inexpensive wine options, so I do end up there from time to time.

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